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Pastoral 2013

Rejoice in Christian Gatherings


Psalm 122:1
I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.

It is the special delight of everyone who loves God to go into the house of the LORD to worship Him. When the day of worship comes, they love to be where God’s people are gathered together. Their hearts rejoice when others tell them it is time to go to the house of the LORD.

The psalmist tells us that when he was invited by others to go to the house of the LORD, he was glad. Obviously, he was eagerly waiting to go to the place where they worshipped God. So he accepted the invitation joyfully.

A child of God is unlike those who rejoice in going to the house of wickedness. He does not rejoice in worldly pleasures. He is not charmed by the sound of worldly music. He detests their unwholesome speech. He dreads the sounds and sights of the houses of sin.

He would rather be in the presence of the LORD and His people. His heart yearns to join the people of God in singing hymns of praise, in praying, in hearing the Word of God, and in serving the LORD.

May our hearts find joy in the house of the LORD! May our excitement to be in the house of the LORD inspire others! Let us cheerfully encourage one another to gather together to worship the LORD in His house.

Hebrews 10:25
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Church gatherings should not be neglected. They are very important to every Christian’s spiritual growth.

On the Lord’s Day, we must make every effort to participate in the worship service, Sunday school, evangelism, etc. Worshipping the Lord is our greatest duty. We must be determined to avoid all other programmes and activities on that day so that we will be found in the Lord’s house to serve Him. We must be in the church on the Lord’s Day, unless we are sick or prevented by emergencies.

Church prayer meetings, fellowship gatherings, Bible studies, retreats, camps, etc. are meant to provide spiritual edification to us. We must give these high priority in our lives.

So we must not be like those who come to church infrequently. Neither should we follow the bad examples of those who neglect church activities. We must resist their influence.

Church programmes will provide us with opportunities both to be blessed and to bless others. Through mutual exhortations and services, we will be prepared for Christ’s return. Those who worship God and engage in mutual spiritual edification will be made ready for the day of His return.




This is a testimony written by the wife of a resident of The Gethsemane Care Ministry, Cebu.

The 7.2-magnitude earthquake on October 15, 2013 was indeed a traumatic experience for most of us, yet I have never thought that the said tragedy would give us the chance to be together as a family. The 2 days of home leave granted to Levi may be short but they are certainly no match to the quality of time spent. Days were numbered yet very remarkable for us.

Levi simply took the chance to take good care of the kids by helping them with their bath, cutting their nails, etc… unlike before where he only finds fulfilment and joy watching over his roosters (fighting cocks). But what really caught my attention was the transformation of the once “Mr. Bossy Guy” into a responsible family man who now does the general cleaning at home and the household chores as well as cooks mouthwatering dishes for us. Previously, Levi used to wake us up with his loud annoying voice, shouting as if he owns the world and that he is the only one living in the world, but now he speaks so calmly and is always in control of his mood and temper.

Change did not happen overnight but I am grateful as to how everyone in the Care Ministry under the leadership of Pastor Reggor Galarpe has inculcated in him the values of discipline and sense of responsibility. To everyone in the Care Ministry, thank you for moulding Levi to become a better person. And to the entire Gethsemane B-P Church, you have unknowingly taught me the significance of learning how to forgive. Above all, thank our Almighty God who has made things possible. I continually pray that God will sustain Levi throughout his life as he faces the real world.

“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18).


Appreciation for Bible Witness

To the Editor,

Praise God for the Bible Witness Media Ministry. I have been utilising your resources like the Web Radio – On Demand (Women of Virtue and Youth Bible Hour) sermons and have been greatly enriched and blessed by them!

I’m currently finishing my studies in Perth, Australia, and am a member of Faith Presbyterian Church of which Rev Errol Stone is Pastor. I was just wondering if the sermons of the latest Bible Witness Retreat on Jonah are available on the Internet? I’ve done a little searching but have not found them. Could you kindly point me in the right direction if possible?

With great appreciation and praise to God for your labours,



Dear Rev Koshy,

Thank you for publishing this issue of Bible Witness, that we can share in the grief of the passing of Preacher Dominino dela Cruz Jr.

I have never met Pr Dominino but spoke briefly to Sharon some years back before they were married. I had wanted to find out if Media Studies was suitable for my son, Tim. I spoke to Sharon over the phone at the Bible Witness office because she was the artist for the cartoons in Bible Witness at that time. She was helpful and gave me an idea of what to expect. Later, I read that she was going to be married and would leave Singapore to follow her husband to the mission field in the Philippines. I remember thinking, what a brave girl!

Thank God for her testimony of faith! May she continue to be brave in the Lord by His grace and mercy. May God bless her and little Nehemiah with peace, joy and His special protection.

In Christ,